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Radio’s Future in a Self-Driving Car

Estimates vary, but the consensus seems to be that we’ll see a meaningful number of self-driving cars replacing the human-powered ones by 2020, less than four years hence. Personally, I think that’s a bit optimistic, but I have no doubt that the future of cars is a self-powered one. While we fret about the future […]

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Posted in apple, Audio, auto, Autonomous Vehicle, david smith, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mediavillage, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, self-driving car, streaming, technology

No AM Radio? Automakers Should Listen To Their Customers

Now I am as pro-technology as anyone you’ll find in the audio space, but the reason to be pro-technology is to be pro-consumer. Because any technology that doesn’t serve the interests and desires of consumers is a solution that, by definition, nobody wants. And the only thing worse than not being wanted is being UNwanted. So […]

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Posted in am, am radio, auto, Automotive, bmw, car, consumers, ev, expectation, fm, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, tesla, trends, value, vehicle

Look Out! Ford will Support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto by 2017

Ford is going all-in on bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the auto dashboard: Ford is making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on all 2017 vehicles equipped with Sync 3 in North America, starting with the all-new Ford Escape. Owners of 2016 vehicles equipped with Sync 3 will get an opportunity to upgrade “later […]

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Posted in android, apple, auto, business, carplay, ford, future, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, model, monetization, online radio, radio, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, sync

The New Auto Dashboard Isn’t as Scary as Radio Thinks

Every time there’s some new innovation out there which enhances the choice set available to consumers who want to hear audio entertainment or information, a chill runs up the spine of every broadcaster, because with such a large fraction of listening, radio seems to stand more to lose than to gain from the expansion of […]

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Posted in apple, auto, car, coke, connected car, dashboard, doom, edison, fox news, future, libsyn, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, nike, pandora, podcasts, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, spotify, taylor swift, trends

How Many Cars will be Dashboard-Powered by Google and Apple?

There’s much interest and much consternation about the entry of Google and Apple into operating-system extensions for the car dashboard with Android Auto and CarPlay, respectively. According to BI Intelligence: By 2020, nearly 40 million cars will be using Android Auto and 37.1 million will be using CarPlay, and that will cover nearly all cars […]

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Posted in android auto, apple, auto, beats, car, carplay, connected car, Digital Strategy, google, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify

Your New Auto Dashboard Debuts This Month

In a preview of CES, The Hollywood Reporter cuts to the chase – the most fundamental reason why the technology of the car dashboard is bound to change no matter what the power players of the radio industry desire: Car buyers—particularly millennials—are no longer as susceptible to the [auto] industry’s traditional marketing tropes of styling, […]

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Posted in 2015, android, android auto, apple, apple carplay, Audio, Audio Trends, auto, Automotive, carplay, ces, google, hollywood reporter, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, radio trends, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, trends

The Nail in HD Radio’s Coffin – And What It Means For You

From Tom Taylor Now: A site named GMAuthority says among the changes for the [Chevrolet] Traverse, “HD Radio [is] removed.” There’s more. For the 2015 Silverado truck, GMAuthority says “HD radio feature removed from all radios.” Same for the 2015 GMC Sierra truck, here. For the high-end Buick Enclave, the previous “Color Touch AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD Radio […]

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Posted in 4g, auto, automobile, Automotive, general motors, gm, gmauthority, hd radio, ibiquity, Insights, LTE, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, onstar, radio industry, ramsey-blog, siriusxm, tom taylor, wi-fi

Chevrolet’s Plan for Built-In Wi-Fi In Your Car

There’s a tendency for some broadcasters to put too much faith in the idea that consumers will prefer traditional radio over the online variety because of scarce and expensive bandwidth. But the reality is that bandwidth is neither that scarce nor that expensive, when compared to the value derived from it. And one way to […]

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Posted in 2015, 4g, auto, Automotive, chevrolet, chevy, dash, dashboard, hotspot, Internet Radio, LTE, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile, Moble Audio, online radio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, wi-fi

Radio’s REAL Problem on the New Auto Dashboard

Yesterday I wrote that some auto industry analysts believe radio needs to be easy to find and use on the new auto dashboard because ease of discovery and use will trump any discussion of how good or bad the actual content is. In other words, consumers are not likely to seek out great content they […]

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Posted in amc, auto, Automotive, car, dashboard, Digital Strategy, Insights, mark ramsey, media mark ramsey media, mobile, nordstrom, Public Radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, starbucks, technology, walking dead

Radio’s Spot on the New Dashboard – Time to Do a Deal?

This past week I had a conversation with someone knowledgeable in the auto technology space: “The dash is getting crowded and complicated,” she argued, “and the harder to find a radio station is the less apt folks will be to listen to it.” “But if the content is compelling enough, they will seek it out,” […]

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Posted in auto, Automotive, car, dashboard, future, Insights, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, mobile, platform, radio, radio future, radio industry, ramsey-blog